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(San Diego, December 15, 2008)  Eisner Award- and Horror Guild-nominated writer/artist/gadfly Ben Templesmith has built a cult following for his humorous storytelling and edgy artwork for graphic novels, including 30 Days of Night, Fell, Wormwood,Gentleman Corpse, and, more recently, Welcome to Hoxford.

In December, IDW Publishing introduces another comic in the Wormwood series—Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse: Down the Pub, One-Shot. Templesmith introduces two little-known tales from Wormwood’s past previously unpublished in comic book format, as well as an all-new story.  The book features 29 pages of beer-stained art and story.

wormwood.jpgSince its release in mid-2008, the Wormwood series has built a huge fan following and received some glowing reviews:

“The art forms a grotesque and murky banquet of shape and color: Lovecraft on laughing gas channeled through Ralph Steadman… Australian Templesmith crafts a goofy, surprising, and oddly beautiful tour de force.” (Library Journal)

“Ben Templesmith’s comic Wormwood: Gentleman Corpse walks a fine line between icky and funny, and it walks it very well.” (

“Wormwood succeeds on just about every level. Visually, Templesmith’s art style is at its best here, with pitch-perfect color, some truly beautiful hand drawings and clear storytelling that still manages to maintain mood quite effectively. In terms of dialogue, the book provides plenty of quotable lines on just about every page, and just as many memorable moments.” (

According to Templesmith, “Down the Pub is a stand alone one-shot book that deals with the first ever Wormwood short stories I came up with, as well as a longer length new one, meaning the issue clocks in at basically 29 pages, unlike the usual 22-page nonsense! I hope this’ll keep fans happy until new Gentleman Corpse plans are hatched next year. Also, no humans were actually harmed in the making of this comic… honest.” he said.

And, if that weren’t enough of ye olde Wormood, in January fans will be able to emulate their favorite Gentleman Corpse with an all-new set of 4 Wormwood pint glasses. Each 16-oz. glass features a brand-new image by Wormwood creator Templesmith, packed in a display box that also displays all-new art by the creator. Bowl of pretzels not included. The Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse Pint Glasses will retail for $19.99, and are available for order through Diamond Distributors.

Wormwood, Gentleman Corpse: Down The Pub, One-Shot,  DIAMOND ORDER CODE: OCT084219 FC · 32 pages · $3.99

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